Saturday, October 29, 2022

Saturday, October 12, 2024

Honoring the most reverend Joseph F. Naumann

Archbishop of kansas city in kansas

Saturday, October 29, 2022
Overland Park Convention Center
6:00 pm

The 2021 Gaudeamus benefit gala, CEF’s signature fundraising event, will be celebrated live and in-person at the
Overland Park Convention Center on Saturday, October 23rd! Funds raised support Catholic school scholarships for
low-income students throughout the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

Last year’s Gaudeamus gala empowered CEF to provide more than $2 million in scholarship funding to nearly 1,500 low-income students in the ‘20-’21 school year. Thanks to your generosity, seniors supported by CEF scholarships achieved a 100% graduation and matriculation rate last spring, despite the challenges of the pandemic.

Right now, more than 200 students living in poverty are waiting for a scholarship - and your support of this year’s Gaudeamus gala can rewrite the future for these children in need.

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
Overland Park Convention Center
6:00 pm Cocktails
7:15 pm Dinner
8:45 pm Live Band & Dancing
Cocktail Attire

The Catholic Education Foundation’s signature fundraising event, Gaudeamus is a beloved community tradition and the catalyst for the transformation of students, families and communities in Northeast Kansas. Ranked the #2 charitable gala in Kansas City, each year nearly 1,000 Catholic leaders in education, business, parishes and civic groups gather to support CEF’s mission of putting Catholic education within reach for students of all backgrounds.

Join us for a truly one-of-a-kind event on October 12th as CEF honors Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann for his incredible legacy of support for Catholic education.

YOUR SUPPORT HELPS STUDENTS IN NEED RECEIVE A CATHOLIC EDUCATION.

2023 Gaudeamus Featured Family

“There's families out there that believe that there's no hope or help, and there is.”

Meet the Caro family and hear the inspiring story of how scholarships from the Catholic Education Foundation have made a difference in their lives.

Meet A scholarship Family

2023 Angels Among Us Honorees

To top off the evening, CEF honored the Byron & Jeanne Thompson Family with the Michael & Patty Morrisey Angels Among Us Award.

Hear why the Thompson family is committed to supporting Catholic education and the impact they've made with their generosity.

About the thompson family

Save the Date for 2024! October 12th

Mark your calendar! The 2024 Gaudeamus benefit gala will be held on Saturday, October 12th, 2024 at the Overland Park Convention Center.

Please plan to join us as we gather to celebrate the truth, beauty and goodness of Catholic education!

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2023 Gaudeamus Student Speaker

"Without your love and faith in Christ and generosity to CEF, without the scholarship I received, I wouldn’t be able to tell you my story and share my gratitude."

Hear the powerful testimony Emily Jimenez, Bishop Ward High School senior and CEF scholar, shared at Gaudeamus.

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Celebrating Angels Among Us
Every year, we honor a member of our community for their dedication to Catholic education.

Rooted in their commitment to God, family and community, the Byron and Jeanne Thompson family has been instrumental in providing vital support to communities most in need across the Kansas City area.

meet our 2023 honorees
Honoring the Byron & Jeanne Thompson Family

Supporting Scholarships for Students in Need
For 20 years, the Catholic Education Foundation's Gaudeamus benefit gala has been the backbone of scholarships for low-income K-12 Catholic school students in northeast Kansas.

This year's event will provide the majority of the annual funds needed for CEF’s traditional, tuition-assistance scholarships. CEF provides support to more than 1,800 students in 23 schools throughout the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

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See you on October 28th for Gaudeamus!
The 2023 gala event chairs Craig & Karen Gaffney can't wait to see you at Gaudeamus on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at the Overland Park Convention Center.

As graduates of CEF schools and longtime friends of the Thompson's, Craig & Karen bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to this important role.

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2023 Gaudeamus Chairs Craig & Karen Gaffney

Celebrating the vision of our founders

Meet the 2023 Gaudeamus Chairs
We are honored to have Craig and Karen Gaffney serving as the 2023 Gaudeamus chairs.

Under their leadership, this year's Gaudeamus benefit gala promises to be the best one yet.

Meet our Gaudeamus Chairs
Tom Zarda, Archbishop Keleher and Mickey Zarda
Blake Mulvany, Rich Henry and Tom Zarda
Leonard and Ellen McKinzie
Bill Dunn, Sr., Leonard McKinzie and Charles Berkel

Gaudeamus funds scholarships

The Catholic Education Foundation’s Gaudeamus benefit gala has been the backbone of scholarship funding for low-income K-12 Catholic school students in northeast Kansas for 21 years.

This year's event will provide the majority of the annual funds needed for CEF’s traditional, tuition-assistance scholarships. CEF provides support to more than 1,800 students in 23 schools throughout the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

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Meet our gala chairs

This year's Gaudeamus benefit gala will be on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at the Overland Park Convention Center.

Please plan to join us as we celebrate the truth, beauty and goodness of Catholic education.


meet the chairs
Kyle and Nicole Hill and Jake and Ashley Rieke

Meet the Cunningham Family

CEF Scholarship Recipients


“It's like this weight just came off of you and you're thinking, 'My kids are gonna have a faith-filled education because I was able to receive this scholarship.' Thank you for the opportunities you have given my children.”

Meet A scholarship Family

Our Teachers, Our Heroes

In 2022, we recognized the small group of Catholics whose lifelong passion for Catholic education and vision of changing the status quo, has fueled our mission and helped thousands of students and families in need. Meet our founders and hear their perspective on CEF's 25-year history.

Meet Our founders

Save the Date: 10.29.22

Mark your calendar! The 2023 Gaudeamus benefit gala will be held on Saturday, October 28th, 2023 at the Overland Park Convention Center.

Plan to join us as we celebrate the truth, beauty and goodness of Catholic education!

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See the impact of your gift in action.

Learn about our 25-year history

Meet a scholarship family

Hear the impact of Catholic education

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